Brussels, 16 June 2023 (TDI): Today, the Council acknowledged the eighth progress report on the implementation of 74 shared proposals endorsed by the EU and NATO Councils on December 6, 2016, and December 5, 2017.

The report highlights substantial advancements made between June 2022 and May 2023 across various areas of cooperation.

The EU-NATO strategic partnership has demonstrated increased resilience in the face of Russia’s “unprovoked” and “unjustified” war against Ukraine, according to a recent report. The report highlights several key points that emphasize the strength and effectiveness of the partnership.

Firstly, the EU and NATO have prioritized unity, coherence, and complementarity in their response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. They have expressed support for Ukraine’s inherent right to self-defense and have established a dedicated EU-NATO Staff Coordination on Ukraine, ensuring a coordinated approach.

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Secondly, cooperation on resilience has expanded between the EU and NATO through the EU-NATO Structured Dialogue on Resilience. This has included a specific focus on enhancing critical infrastructure resilience through a joint Task Force.

Thirdly, the two organizations have intensified their efforts and interaction in the field of crisis management exercises. This closer collaboration has strengthened their ability to effectively respond to crises and manage complex situations.

Furthermore, coordination in security and defense capacity building for partner countries has been enhanced. This includes countries such as Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Jordan, and Mauritania. By working together, the EU and NATO aim to enhance the security and defense capabilities of these partner countries.

Additionally, the EU and NATO remain firmly committed to further strengthening their cooperation and exploring new areas of collaboration. This includes deepening ties in climate and defense, space, and emerging technologies while upholding the agreed guiding principles of mutual openness and transparency, inclusiveness and reciprocity, and the decision-making autonomy of both organizations.

The EU’s Strategic Compass and NATO’s Strategic Concept in 2022 emphasized the importance of transatlantic unity and called for closer cooperation, providing renewed impetus to the EU-NATO strategic partnership.

The President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of NATO further reinforced this commitment through the signing of the third Joint Declaration on EU-NATO cooperation on January 10, 2023.